With an extensive knowledge of materials and experience working with a wide variety of historic and fine art objects, we are able to individualize a long term preservation plan for your specific piece. We ensure that works will remain preserved for years to come in addition to being beautifully framed. There are three factors that we consider the most during your design and preservation consultation: mounting method, glazing, and, for oversized works, hanging method. All of our methods are archival and reversible.
Each object presents its own unique challenges with mounting. We have the experience and knowledge to mount just about any object with reversible and archival methods that do not damage your object. Mounting methods can be assessed in person once we view the object in question. Knowing how materials will interact with each other, what sort of climate and exposure to light, age of the object, existing mounts, and stability of the object are some of the factors we consider when recommending a mounting method. Properly mounting art is the first step in the preservation process for your object.
This is the first choice for mounting any object. In using a trap mount there is no contact between the object and an adhesive. There are several types of trap mounts including: corners, channels, build-outs, or encapsulation.
Folded Hinge and T-Hinge Mount
A small strip of Japanese paper with reversible and archival adhesive is fixed to the object and attached to a support board. The weight and condition of the object determine which type of paper and adhesive are used. Some options include linen tape, filmoplast, and Japanese paper with starch.
Sew mounting is used primarily for works on fabric or select three dimensional objects. The object is hand sewn using small tacks with various cotton or polyester threads to a rigid support board.
Particularly for works on paper and fabric we recommend glazing the object to protect it from dust, light, or other damaging factors. We offer several options for glazing including: regular glass, conservation clear glass, antireflective glass, museum glass, acrylic, uv filtered acrylic, and optium. Finding the appropriate glazing method for your object will depend on size, light exposure, age, and cost, among other factors.
The final step in preserving your piece is installing the proper hanging device. For most standard sized works we use d-rings and screws with a steel wire. However, using this method for oversized or particularly heavy objects poses the risk of warping the frame. In this instance we will use two vertical d-rings (no wire) or a cleat attached to the back of the frame. We do not install art off site, but are knowledgable of hanging procedures. Additionally, we are able to recommend art installers for your specific project.